Deaf and blind woman takes part in annual Coventry golf day  - The Coventry Observer

Deaf and blind woman takes part in annual Coventry golf day 

Holly Clement 16th Jun, 2024   0

A DEAF and blind Warwick woman champions eye research with the 29th annual golf day in Coventry.

Debbie White, a woman from Warwick, is gearing up to host the 29th Annual Golf Day on July 3 at the Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club in Coventry.

Despite facing the challenges of Usher syndrome type II, a rare genetic condition causing hearing impairment and progressive vision loss, Debbie has dedicated herself to raising funds for pioneering eye research.

Debbie, 59, has already spearheaded efforts that have raised an astounding £400,000 to support innovative research aimed at combating vision loss.

Her commitment to the cause stems from her personal experience with Usher syndrome type II, which she shares with her younger brother.

They both began experiencing sight and hearing loss at a young age, with Debbie’s diagnosis coming at 21.

As the Head of the Warwickshire Fight for Sight Committee for over three decades, Debbie has been a driving force behind numerous fundraising programmes, including sky dives, cycling challenges, and gala dinners.

Despite the absence of a cure for her condition, Debbie remains steadfast in her determination to contribute to research that may benefit future generations facing similar challenges.

Debbie said: “Losing two of your senses is really tough, both mentally and physically, and it’s especially hard to come to terms with it at a young age.

“While I’m hoping that my brother and I will be part of the breakthrough in new treatments for Usher syndrome type II, what drives me is that I made the decision not to have children because I didn’t want to pass on the condition, and I want to make sure that no child in the future has to go through what we have experienced.”

The Annual Golf Day, which boasts joint headline sponsors Topcon GB Medical and Performance Finance, typically attracts corporate and private teams for a day of golf, followed by a three-course meal, auction, and prize-giving ceremony.

With a limited number of spots still available, players of all levels are encouraged to participate, while Debbie welcomes support from individuals and companies interested in sponsoring the event.


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